Week in Review 10/16

With Monday being a holiday, we crammed our five-day work week into four days! Luckily, Buzzer worked extra hard to keep things running smoothly!

On Tuesday, Ron taught Sam how to do the Status Report for our Emergency Management Performance Grant. This grant “provides state, local, tribal and territorial emergency management agencies with the resources required for implementation of the National Preparedness System and works toward the National Preparedness Goal of a secure and resilient nation. The EMPG’s allowable costs support efforts to build and sustain core capabilities across the prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery mission areas.” ~FEMA EMPG

The Status Report includes information on our activities for the quarter, including training, exercises, projects, improvements, and other efforts to fulfill our core capabilities. If you follow our blog or Facebook page, you will see we are bringing an extensive amount of information and transparency to you that wasn’t previously available.

Tuesday, we also began our next “Super Secret Squirrel” project, which will be rolled out soon. It is an initiative our office is taking to bring emergency preparedness to the residents and visitors of our great county in a fun, inexpensive, portable way! We are very excited about the project and look forward to the response who hope it will garner!

On Wednesday, we had one of the most important trainings we receive each year. Though the pandemic caused us to interact in a virtual setting, the Pipeline Association of Missouri (PAM) did a great job with the Homeland Security Exercise & Evaluation Program (HSEEP) exercise for this year! The virtual map which allowed us to see the area affected by a pipeline incident was the highlight of the training, as it allowed us to understand the different aspects and repercussions of a large-scale incident!

Wednesday also brought another round of training for Sam in regards to the EMPG. This time, she learned the procedure for reporting the bills and other financial information for the EMA. Ron patiently explained the process, answering questions and demonstrating both the software, as well as the hardcopy recordkeeping of the system.

Thursday, we participated in the Great Shakeout! DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON! Ron demonstrated what NOT to do:

Sam and Buzzer demonstrated the RIGHT way to respond:

On Thursday, we had THREE conference calls. Though some may question why we need to “attend” so many virtual meetings and conference calls, let us assure you, they are absolutely necessary. They allow us to keep the flow of communication and information going throughout the county and region so that if a catastrophic event occurs, we have the ability to respond quickly and much more efficiently.

Our first call on Thursday was a County Wide Safety Meeting. This meeting involved representative from schools, the cities, law enforcement, fire representatives, the EMA, and more. Discussion centered around the physical safety of school children, rather than focusing solely on COVID-19.

Our second call on Thursday was the Weekly COVID-19 Conference Call hosted by our office. We invite all city, county, first responding agencies, chambers of commerce, agencies, business owners, schools, and MORE to these weekly calls to get an update of how our county is doing and any new procedures or information regarding the pandemic is being handled. We keep notes on the calls and post them on our COVID-19 page.

Our third call of the day was the Region F Conference Call. This is a larger version of our county’s weekly conference call, which includes all of the counties in our region where we share updates and get a sense of how things look on a larger scale. We share information on resources, upcoming training, and anything else that might affect us as a group.

On Friday, we were back to work on projects! Our Super Secret Squirrel is in the next stage of her project which we hope to roll out within the next couple of weeks! It will be extremely useful and helpful to the residents and visitors of Camden County as they prepare for emergencies!

Ron has completed the tiling in one of the restrooms! He has moved on to flooring and preparing to install the toilet and the new sink and cabinet! This is a MUCH needed update to the restrooms, especially in the event that the EMA needs to use the Emergency Operations Center for a large-scale emergency.

What a week! That’s all for now, so we’ll see you all back here next Friday (hopefully!) with more updates!

Published by camdensam

I became the Director of Camden County, MO Emergency Management Agency (EMA) in August 2021 after previously serving as the agency's Deputy Director for a year. As the Director, I manage the day-to-day operations of the EMA, work on the Local Emergency Operations Plan, manage the Facebook, Twitter, and website for the EMA, oversee the webpages for the Camden County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), provide oversight and run exercises for the Camden County, MO Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and work with the Camden County, MO Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). I hold a general class amateur radio license, call sign KE0LMY. I am also the official "Bee Keeper" of our mascot, Buzzer the Bee, who wants you to BEE Prepared!!! I'm a certified CERT trainer and WebEOC trainer for the Missouri State Emergency Management Agency. I maintain an EXTENSIVE and ever-growing list of credentials and train vigorously with first responder agencies, other EMAs, and with anyone I believe will help me become a better, more well-rounded emergency management director.

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